Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers For Week 8
By Max Staley
Week 7 of the NFL season brought fans more of the same, with plenty high-profile injuries and breakout performances that could shake up the fantasy football landscape. But if you're running out of FAB or sitting low in waiver priority, you may need to find some less-expensive alternatives.
Thankfully, there are plenty of under-the-radar names that should be available on the waiver wire. That's where these three fantasy football sleepers, all rostered in fewer than 15% of Yahoo! leagues, come into play.
3. Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (11% Rostered)
Mark Ingram went down with a foot injury in Week 5, though fantasy managers largely ignored the news as the Baltimore Ravens drew a Week 6 bye and J.K. Dobbins received most of the buzz anyway. Don't overlook Gus Edwards, though. Ingram is not a lock to suit up in Week 8 and Edwards has been consistently getting more work than Dobbins this season. The Bus has nearly doubled Dobbins' carries thus far, boasting an advantage of 48 to 25. Edwards will be a decent FLEX option in Week 8 in a tough matchup against a dominant Pittsburgh Steelers' defense, but he's got a lot of upside if Ingram's injury lingers.
2. Scotty Miller, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9% Rostered)
Everyone cut ties with Scotty Miller once the Antonio Brown signing was announced, and he responded with his best game of the season. Miller hung 6 catches for 109 yards and a TD on 9 targets on the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 7. With Chris Godwin getting ruled out for Week 8, and Mike Evans still operating at less than 100%, Miller is firmly on the WR3 radar for his date with a beatable New York Giants' secondary on Monday Night Football this week.
1. Richard Rodgers, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (9% Rostered)
You're probably only going to get one week of fantasy value out of Richard Rodgers, as his Philadelphia Eagles are on bye in Week 9 and their skill-position group should be healthier by the time they play again. But this one week could be really valuable. Starting in place of injured tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, Rodgers turned 8 targets into 6 catches for 85 yards in Week 7. There aren't many tight ends seeing that kind of volume available on the waiver wire. That usage also gives him massive blowup potential in a Week 8 meeting with the Dallas Cowboys. Mike McCarthy's defense is surrendering a league-worst 34.7 PPG, which is historically inept. Rodgers could be in for a week-winning performance here.
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